34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference


Prof. Sorel Reisman
Prof. Sorel Reisman

Prof. Sorel Reisman, Presidential Opening Remarks
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dr. Sorel Reisman, 2011 President of the IEEE Computer Society, is Managing Director of the international, higher education consortium MERLOT.ORG, and Professor of Information Systems at California State University Fullerton.  He has held senior management positions at IBM (Canada and US), Toshiba (US), and EMI (UK).  He is a Senior IEEE member, was Vice President of the Computer Society Publications Board, and Vice President of the Electronic Products and Services Board where he developed and initiated the Computer Society’s eLearning and online books programs. 

Dr. Reisman was editorial board member/columnist on IEEE Software, founding board member of IEEE Multimedia and IEEE ITPro, author of the column, The Ivory Tower, and reviewer for IEEE Transactions in Education. Reisman has presented/published 50+ articles and the books Multimedia Computing: Preparing for the 21st Century, and Electronic Learning Communities – Current Issues and Best Practices.  He is an advisory board member of the Adobe Higher Education Advisory Board, a member of the MERLOT African Network, and liaison to the Australian, European, Japanese and Canadian national digital library consortium, GLOBE. Reisman received his electrical engineering degree, and MA and PhD in Computer Applications from the University of Toronto.

Kazuo Furukawa
Kazuo Furukawa

Kazuo Furukawa, Presidential Opening Remarks
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kazuo Furukawa currently serves as Senior Corporate Adviser of Hitachi, Ltd.

He was previously Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of the company, a position he held from April 1,2009. Prior to this, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position he held from April 1, 2006. And prior to this, he was Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi’s Information & Telecommunication Systems Group.

Mr. Furukawa joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1971, since then he has held a number of other key leadership positions within Hitachi in the IT field, including Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Ltd.; Chief Operating Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Group; and General Manager of Network Systems & Platform Solutions Division and IP Systems Division.

He spent approximately three years in North America as Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc. from 1994, where he was responsible for the successful formation of a business partnership with an American telecommunications carrier, and made a major contribution to the promotion of Hitachi’s overseas telecommunication systems business. He subsequently led the company’s communication network business using IP technology and contributed to the expansion of its solutions business in the IT field.

Mr. Furukawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, where he gained a B.S. degree in electronics (1969) and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering (1971).

Along with his current position at Hitachi, Mr. Furukawa has also served as International Advisory Board Member of THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION and Auditor of Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS) and Adviser of Nippon Keidanren. He had served as Vice Chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) from May, 2007 to May, 2009.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold E. Achatz
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold E. Achatz

From Embedded Systems to Cyber-physical Systems: Research Challenges and Application Areas

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold E. Achatz, Keynote (Following Presidential Opening Remarks)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011


In all of the Siemens sectors, Industry, Energy, and Healthcare, embedded systems are an essential part of our products, systems, and solutions. Also, in general, embedded systems and software-based systems surround us. This fits also well to the motto of this year’s COMPSAC “The computed world: software beyond the digital society”.

There is a strong trend that embedded systems are being networked together and interact with each other in increasingly complex ways. Especially when there is a strong focus on the interaction between the elements, one speaks of “cyber-physical systems” or the “internet of things”. The trend to increased use of cyber-physical systems offers new opportunities, both in the research space as well as for new applications. This keynote will provide insights into how Siemens has been active in both of these areas.


Reinhold Achatz is Corporate Vice President of Siemens AG. In this function, he has been head of Corporate Research and Technologies, since Oct. 2006. He is responsible for the global research activities of Siemens in the area of Electronics, Energy & Environment, Information & Automation, Materials & Hardware Design, Processes & Production, Communication Technologies, Software & Systems Engineering, SMART Innovation and Sustainable Solutions with over 2,200 employees, who are located in Austria, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, United Kingdom and US.

In addition, Prof. Achatz has been head of the Corporate Development Center, since April 2009. He is driving the integration of the product development process covering the whole product life cycle with the expertise of 2,600 software engineers worldwide, the majority of whom are from India and Central Eastern Europe.

Reinhold Achatz holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.), from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (1979) and a Ph.D. in Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering (Dr. Ing.), from the Technical University of Munich (2009). In 2010, he was awarded advisory professorship from the Tsingua University in Beijing, China.

Prof. Achatz joined Siemens AG Automation, in 1980, as a software engineer. He held numerous management positions, including head of development for industrial automation systems (SIMATIC) before being named division president for the Automation & Drive Systems and Software Division, in 1998 (in addition to his development position). In 2000, he joined Siemens Energy and Automation (SE&A) as vice president and served as a member of the Executive Committee. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he was responsible for Siemens’ US industrial automation and software business. In 2002, he was appointed vice president for Software and Engineering at Siemens Corporate Technology, in Munich and was responsible for software and engineering strategy and for the worldwide Software Initiative (SWI).

Prof. Achatz is a member of the Siemens Steering Committee Innovation. He has been honored as a “Siemens Top Innovator” for his outstanding innovations in software-based components for set-up, operations and execution accuracy of machine tools.
  • Membership of external organizations and institutes:
  • Board member and vice president of the Open Connectivity (OPC) Foundation.
  • Board member and chairman of the Networked European Software and Service Initiative (NESSI) platform.
  • Member of the Fraunhofer Institute’s Board of Trustees on Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
  • Siemens Ambassador for the Technical University Kaiserslautern, the University of Saarland located in SaarbrĂ¼cken, and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.
  • Vice Chairman of MĂ¼nchner Kreis, Supranational Association for Communications Research.
  • Member of the European Research Area Board (ERAB).
  • Member of the Board of the Committee for Research, Innovation and Technology of the German Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI).
  • Chair of the Research and Development Executive Working Group for the German Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. (ZVEI).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bavarian Research Endowment

Dr. Chris Bishop
Dr. Chris Bishop

Embracing Uncertainty: The New Machine Learning

Dr. Chris Bishop, Keynote
Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Computers are based on logic, but must increasingly deal with real-world data that is full of uncertainty and ambiguity. Modern approaches to machine learning use probability theory to quantify and compute with this uncertainty, and have led to a proliferation in the applications of machine learning, ranging from recommendation systems to web search, and from spam filters to voice recognition. Most recently, the Kinect 3D full-body motion sensor, which has become the fastest-selling consumer electronics product in history, relies crucially on machine learning. Furthermore, the advent of widespread internet connectivity, with centralised data storage and processing, coupled with recently developed algorithms for computationally efficient probabilistic inference, will create many new opportunities for machine learning over the coming years. The talk will be illustrated with tutorial examples, demonstrations, and real-world case studies.


Chris Bishop is a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he leads the Machine Learning and Perception group. He is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and Vice President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge. His research interests include probabilistic approaches to machine learning, as well as their application to fields such as biomedical sciences and healthcare. Chris is the author of the leading textbook "Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition" (Oxford University Press, 1995) which has over 15,000 citations, and which helped to bring statistical concepts into the mainstream of the machine learning field. His latest textbook "Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning" (Springer, 2006) has over 4,000 citations, and has been widely adopted. In 2008 he presented the 180th series of annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, with the title "Hi-tech Trek: the Quest for the Ultimate Computer", to a television audience of close to 5 million.

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